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#16 Billy M ONLINE  

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Posted December 28, 2015 - 11:34 AM

Do you really need all that weight ? just wondering

The weight helps with the blower.  It's HEAVY.  I've been told around 400 lbs.  I've pushed snow with a blade on mine with no additional weight.  I did have chains on the rear tires.  The thing was a tank.  It pushed better than my old Cub Cadet 1650 (now sold) ever did.  You can push snow just about all day running only the tractor.  The snowblower motor does cut run time down significantly.


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Posted December 28, 2015 - 09:51 PM

Looks good Doug !

I agree with Daytime Dave - they prefer dry snow over wet stuff for best performance, and I also agree that you will probably get a little more run time than you might expect.

BillyM is also right on....they will push quite a long time on a charge, but only a couple of hours or less running the blower.

Have fun !!

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Posted December 29, 2015 - 05:10 PM

Last night we got some snow followed by rain today, ended up with about 2-3" of wet slushy stuff. Not favorable conditions but. ???

So I tried it, my skid shoes are all the way down, leaves about 1" or more on the drive, got it plugged up in the first 10 ft.

Cleared the shoot and tried again, this time went down the drive 2 times without plugging.

Throws the slush about 5ft if you get the right speed. Power use meter pegged.

I didn't have the weight box on just turfs with wheel weights and found I could back up with the blower up, traction was not a problem.

 

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Gonna try again when more snow arrives and see what happens.

 


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Posted December 30, 2015 - 07:53 AM

Doug, I find that lowering the pressure in turfs until they squat a little helps a lot with traction. It seems to allow the tire to conform better to the surface as well as the flex helps it to clear mud or snow. Slush is hard for any blower to handle. It did well. I'd like to get one of those GE machines for my next project or find a gas powered Gt to convert to electric. 


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Posted December 30, 2015 - 02:33 PM

Don't want to go to low in tire pressure, or the tire could pop of the rim or spin. I think 6 psi is the least amount they can take.

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Posted December 30, 2015 - 04:56 PM

Doug,  I'd like to get one of those GE machines for my next project or find a gas powered Gt to convert to electric. 

 

IMO for whatever it's worth, considering everything, money your going to spend and the results you will end up with your are better off finding a GE tractor with some attachments and fixing it up.


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Posted December 31, 2015 - 11:26 AM

IMO for whatever it's worth, considering everything, money your going to spend and the results you will end up with your are better off finding a GE tractor with some attachments and fixing it up.

I agree with DH1.  Parts are readily available for the Elec-Traks.  The variety of attachments makes them very handy.  GE did a great job building them.  I have the original controls in all of my tractors.  There is something to be said about 40+ year old electronics still working fine and doing what they were designed to do!


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Posted January 01, 2016 - 08:06 AM

IMO for whatever it's worth, considering everything, money your going to spend and the results you will end up with your are better off finding a GE tractor with some attachments and fixing it up.

 

 

I agree with DH1.  Parts are readily available for the Elec-Traks.  The variety of attachments makes them very handy.  GE did a great job building them.  I have the original controls in all of my tractors.  There is something to be said about 40+ year old electronics still working fine and doing what they were designed to do!

 

 

  I have 0 chance of finding one locally. I am thinking of selling my JD314 and 317 and going to an electric of some kind. I have to sell those first in order to have the space to take on another major project like an Elec-Trak.  

   I've worked in the medical and military electronics field for almost 40yrs now and well designed equipment will work for a very long time as long as it's not abused and parts that have a service life are replaced as they age. The fact that Elec-Traks are 40yrs old doesn't put me off them at all. What is hard is finding one that is solid enough to warrant putting in the $ and time to get it restored. 


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Posted January 12, 2016 - 09:22 PM

Today we got about 6" of light fluffy powder and was able to try it again. This time much better, it works, throws the snow about the same as my Massey 10 does and has great traction even without chains.

I took a Video but it's too dark to see anything, I got a couple pictures.

 

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Posted January 13, 2016 - 06:09 AM

Way to go, Doug! Glad you have it working for you!


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Posted January 14, 2016 - 07:11 PM

Doug, did the battery last long enough to blow the whole driveway , or did you recharge?



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Posted January 14, 2016 - 07:24 PM

Doug, did the battery last long enough to blow the whole driveway , or did you recharge?

 

Yes it did, this one has way more battery power than my electric Massey ET2 does, and way more traction.


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Posted January 15, 2016 - 11:22 AM

Doug, what do you think the whole machine weighs , thrower and every thing. And why does it have good traction. Are there batteries under the seat? Great that it's working good for you.

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Posted January 15, 2016 - 06:04 PM

Bare tractor, no attachments is 900+ lbs

Plus 350lbs in weights.

Plus at least another 150lbs for the snow blower, it has it's own drive motor.

So 1400+ lbs  plus my 180lbs butt.

 

There are 4 batteries 250lbs under the seat plus the tractors drive motor is behind the rear axle, lots of weight on the rear tires.


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Posted January 16, 2016 - 04:45 PM

Wow, so that's why it has good traction.

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